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The epic Australian novel that was inspired by a diary Tom Keneally discovered while researching The Great Shame.

The epic Australian novel that was inspired by a diary Tom Keneally discovered while researching The Great Shame.

When Sydney film producer Dimp Bettany discovers the memoirs of her ancestors, John Bettany and Sarah Bernard, she is convinced she has found the vehicle for her next masterpiece.

Filtered through Dimp's correspondence with her sister, Prim, an aid worker in the Sudan, we are drawn into the lives of John Bettany, a man far ahead of his time, as he shares his vivid impressions of a new colony, and his future wife Sarah, a former convict who has been interred in the notorious Female Factory and who has a close friendship with an English murderess.

Reviews

Should we still be seeking the Great Australian Novel, this could be it... A masterly book, lyrical and lucid, engaged and astute, modest and wise

The Australian

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781864710045

    January 4, 2002

    Doubleday Australia

    608 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781742742687

    January 4, 2011

    Random House Australia

    608 pages

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Also by Tom Keneally

The Daughters Of Mars
Two Old Men Dying
The Unmourned
Crimes of the Father
The Soldier's Curse
Napoleon's Last Island
The Place at Whitton
A Country Too Far: Teacher's Edition
The Great Australian Writers' Collection 2013
Shame and the Captives
A Country Too Far
Bring Larks and Heroes:Text Classics
Three Famines
The People's Train
Searching For Schindler
Three Cheers For The Paraclete
The Widow And Her Hero
The Commonwealth Of Thieves
Roos In Shoes
The Tyrant's Novel
An Angel In Australia
American Scoundrel
The Great Shame
Jacko

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Midnight's Children
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Voyager
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Swing Time
Tiger Men
The Bear and The Nightingale
Breath
Ready Player One
A Long Way from Home
The Light Between Oceans
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
The Trip of a Lifetime
Nineteen Eighty-Four